The difference a year makes

The one-year full-time MBA programme, standard at most business schools in Europe, is starting to become a more prevalent offering in the US as American institutions strive to court a different target market.

MBA Electives Offer Hands-On Learning

Business school electives have taken a turn for the creative, tackling everything from New York City’s problems to health care to humanitarian relief.

New Survey Challenges Some Accepted Truths

Why study for an MBA? Which school to choose? And by which criteria? There is no one better qualified to answer these questions than the programme directors of business schools who observe the industry, its trends and its relative competitive advantages. Therefore the English national daily newspaper “The Independent” and Audencia Nantes School of Management in France asked the heads of 58 business schools in … [ Read more ]

MBA Programs Find Their Niche

The MBA has traditionally been known as a general management degree, but that’s starting to change as students look to get an edge in a more competitive job market. Increasingly, students are pushing aside the bread-and-butter MBA degree in favor of one with a unique specialization, like aviation or football.

Five Things Every Woman Needs To Know About Business School

Whether you’re in the middle of the MBA admissions process or you haven’t even decided if B-school is for you, you’re no doubt considering the potential profits and losses of this important decision. Perhaps you’ve compared the curriculum specialties at various schools, researched different universities’ scholarships and looked into what type of extracurricular opportunities will be available to you. But a question remains: Have you … [ Read more ]

Why MBA Programs Don’t Produce Leaders

Business schools have always juggled two missions: educating practitioners and creating knowledge through research. Fifty years ago, as explained in the 2005 HBR article How Business Schools Lost Their Way, business schools shifted their focus from the former to the latter. Management became a science rather than a profession.

Ready, Set, B-School: Hitting the Books

For many, the toughest part about going to B-school is the lectures, case studies, and team projects—but a little preparation goes a long way.

The Four Curriculums of a Great MBA

Senior lecturer Scott Snook has tracked 50 MBA students at Harvard Business School from the moment they received their offer letter to the time they graduated two years later. “It is probably the most exhaustive study ever done at Harvard Business School on what is the true experience of students,” says Dean Nitin Nohria. “Scott explored a basic question: We promise to deliver a transformational … [ Read more ]

Out of the Classroom and Into the Street

Charting a new course for B-schools and MBAs.

4 Reasons an MBA Is Bad for Entrepreneurs

John Warrillow doesn’t think entrepreneurship can be taught. Further, he thinks not only is getting an MBA a waste of money and two years of your life; it may also, in fact, reduce your chances of building a successful business. Here are four reasons why.

Poets & Quants

Poets & Quants was created by John A. Byrne, the man who spearheaded a new M.B.A. ranking while working at BusinessWeek in the late 1980s. According to Byrne, the site aims to eventually give students in-depth looks at hundreds of degree programs, including what he calls the brutal truth about facilities, teaching methods and reputations. And, according to the site’s about page, the goal is … [ Read more ]

Why an MBA Is a Waste of Time and Money

MBA applications always go up during a bad economy — but for all the wrong reasons. Here are seven reasons why you should take a bad job instead of getting an MBA.

Is an MBA a Plus or a Minus in the Startup World?

Vivek Wadhwa discusses the merits of and MBA or similar training for startup environments in light of a Twitter debate with Guy Kawasaki.

B-School Reform: Better Late Than Never

Five years after rocking the B-school world with a call for reform, two professors reflect on the outcome and find stirrings of change.

Fear, Loathing, and the MBA

The chief proponent of “integrative thinking” argues that business schools need to teach fewer absolutes and more critical thinking skills.

Reshaping Business Education in a New Era

Blair Sheppard, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, discusses how the expectations of MBA students are changing—and why the traditional MBA education needs to change as well.

Multicultural Critical Theory. At B-School?

Business schools are realizing that students need to learn how to think critically and creatively every bit as much as they needed to learn finance or accounting.

The Alternative M.B.A.: One-Year Master’s Degrees

Alternatives to the M.B.A.can be shorter, more focused and offer an increasingly attractive option to a two-year general business degree.

MBA Traditions: Creating Bonds that Last a Lifetime

Pub crawls and athletic competitions may seem like distractions, but they serve an important B-school purpose: turning MBA grads into active—and generous—alumni.

Happiness Above Income

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful”, said the famous doctor Albert Schweitzer. Many people, though confuse financial success with happiness, business students amongst them. But the assumption that an MBA will make them richer and therefore happier is flawed.